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Publication Order of Blacktongue Books

The Blacktongue Thief (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Daughters' War (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Those Across the River (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Between Two Fires (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Necromancer's House (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lesser Dead (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Suicide Motor Club (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Suspense Magazine December 2013(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Highways(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Howls from the Dark Ages(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Howls from the Scene of the Crime: A Crime Horror Anthology(2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Christopher Buehlman is a horror and fantasy author and poet that is best known for his novel “Blacktongue.” The native Floridian won the Bridport Prize in poetry in 2007 and has also written several plays including the very provocative “Hot Nights for the War Wives of Ithaka.” Apart from his writing, he is something of a cult figure on the renaissance festival circuit where he is known as “Christophe the Insultor.” His comedic persona is a combination of Oscar Wilde and Doug Stanhope with a tinge of Dennis Miller. His performances involve roasting the friends of people that have paid him. He has performed at the Michigan renaissance festival and the Texas renaissance festival and has also performed at other shows in Scarborough, Tampa and Louisiana. His debut novel was the 2011 published novel “Those Across the River” that won a nomination to the World Fantasy Award. He currently makes his home in St Petersburg Florida.
As a teenager, Christopher Buehlman went to the Florida State University where he graduated with a French language degree and minored in History. Christopher also had a huge interest in storytelling and was huge on horror and fantasy. Growing up during the seventies and eighties, he was significantly influenced by the “Lord of the Rings” novels. He soon graduated to the king of Horror fiction in Stephen King that he believes was his most significant influence. Outside of writing influences, Buehlman was also huge on movies. He still remembers the movie “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and the Cyclops” and still thinks it was a masterpiece of frightening and non-stop horror. On the fantasy side, he counts the likes of Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman and Martin Abercrombie as huge influences and would be delighted to work with any of them in future works.

Christopher Buehlman always wanted to write a horror novel ever since she started reading them as a child. He finally took a stab at it in 2001 when certain horrific images came to his mind and he built the characters and plot line around it. But it was not easy as he had to shelve his draft several times and it was only near the end of 2010 that he came back to it. This time he had more writing and life experience, which meant he was better placed to write it. He made use of different types of media that included reading books about PTSD, histories about old plantations and slavery, social histories of the Great Depression, and the First World War offensives. Buehlman also dug into old archival newspapers and photographs from the time period and watched a ton of Turner Classic movies. When he is not writing his novels he loves cooking, theater, running, watching independent films, archery and chess.

“Those Across the River” by Christopher Buehlman is the story of Frank Nichols who is a failed academic and Eudora his wife. They have recently arrived at Whitbrow, a sleepy town in Georgia and taken their residence at Savoyard Plantation, an old family estate that had been in his family for years. It is a history of horrors and hence not many locals venture to the plantation ever since the slaves rose up and killed the evil and cruel owner. While the locals hardly venture out there, once every month they hold “The Chase,” a ritual older than anyone alive can remember. When the Nichols arrive in town, the rural and quaint ways of their neighbors seem to be just what they needed after the hustle and bustle of the city where they have come from. But what they do not know is that there is an unspoken dread about their new residence. They will soon learn that there is a presence that demands a sacrifice. It emerges from the dark woods beyond the ruins of the old building on the edge of their property where a longstanding debt of blood has not been settled. It had just been waiting for Frank Nichols to come home.

Christopher Buehlman’s “The Lesser Dead” is a novel set in 1978 New York City. It is a dangerous and dirty place to live during this time and Joey Peacock, a resident, is well aware of this. He has spent more than four decades living in the city as a vampire perfecting his routine. He usually spends his days picking up women in discotheques and punk clubs, sleeping by day and feeding at night with his fellow vampires that live in the macabre labyrinth of tunnels under the city. He has made the New York subway system his highway and playground and shuttles it to locations in Manhattan where he feeds off the unsuspecting people in Central Park. He also sometimes feeds from people riding the Checker cabs or right inside people’s houses where residents are too busy watching their sitcoms to notice his intrusion. But one night he sees some paranormals hunting children with merry eyes in the subway system. The undead of the city are not as safe as they used to be and even the vampires may not be safe anymore.

“Between Two Fires” by Christopher Buehlman is set in the middle of the 14th century where a disgraced knight named Thomas just stumbled on a young girl that has been orphaned. She has been robbed of her parents by the “Black Death” and the innocent young girl tells the man that the plague is just but a small part of a larger catastrophe to come. According to her, Lucifer’s fallen angels are rising against heaven once again and the men of the world are falling behind the conflict lines. Is it faith or delirium on the part of the girl who believes she has seen paranormal beings? She is convinced that the righteous dead come to her in visions. Even worse, she has managed to convince Thomas who had so far been skeptical to go with her to Avignon across a devastated landscape. Upon her arrival, she tells him that she is there to confront some evil which is responsible for the terrible start the world is in. She also hopes to restore Thomas to the nobility he had enjoyed before everything went to the dogs. But as the wrath of hell is released, the girl’s true nature comes to light even as she will have to fight against the risen dead, demons and angels, and the saints.

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